Snowy Monaro Regional Council closes community halls and indoor sporting facilties

As a precautionary measure, Snowy Monaro Regional Council has halted its community engagement events.

"Based on overseas experience the impacts of the virus could be dramatic. On top of the bushfires, we have recently been through this will test the resilience of many people in our community," Mayor Peter Beer said. "What we are being told is that slowing the spread will save lives and this means looking at how council should be changing what it is doing to help this happening.

Council halls closed.

Council halls closed.

"It is clear that our community is already taking action to slow the spread of the virus, with the number of local events cancelled growing each day," he said.

In the best interests of community health and safety, council has cancelled all face-to-face community engagement events and is looking at online engagement options to allow the community to have its say on items out on public exhibition.

All in-person consultation sessions scheduled for the Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement and the development of the Resource and Waste Management Strategy have been also cancelled.

An online consultation session will be held via council's Facebook page from 6pm Thursday, March 26.

"Residents can post questions for the presenters during the live presentation or submit questions in the lead-up by emailing," Clr Beer said.

No bookings will be taken at council halls and indoor sporting facilities with the venues staying closed until further notice.

The covid-19 virus continues to have far reaching impacts on local communities with the Bombala IGA allowing only local customers access to the grocery section.

In a notice placed on Facebook, proprietors said the panic buying in major city centres had spread rapidly leaving the store with low volumes of some items for customers.

The notice said, 'if our staff do not know your face they will check your ID'.